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UK: April 2017 changes – apprenticeship levy, tribunal compensation limits, national minimum wage, statutory benefits and immigration skills charge

From 6 April 2017 UK employers with an annual pay bill of or over £3 million will be required to pay an apprenticeship levy at a rate equivalent to 0.5% of their payroll costs, subject to an offset allowance of … Continue reading

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UK: New statutory benefit and minimum wage rates confirmed

The national minimum wage increases have been confirmed: the hourly rate for those aged 25 or over will be £7.50 from April 2017. The Department for Work and Pensions has confirmed that, from April 2017, statutory sick pay will increase … Continue reading

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UK: Breastfeeding at work – employers may need to adjust employee hours

Employers should ensure that employees who are breastfeeding are able to express milk at work sufficiently regularly to avoid medical problems (in accordance with medical advice), in a private, clean environment with the ability to store the milk safely. If … Continue reading

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UK: New publications – EHRC Pregnancy and Maternity Pledge

The EHRC has launched a new Working Forward initiative to support pregnancy and maternity rights, asking employers to sign up to an EHRC pledge to make the best working environment they can for pregnant women and new mums, to include … Continue reading

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UK: Shared parental pay – care needed when handling grievances or changing policy on pay

Employers should have effective processes in place to handle any grievances challenging their parental leave pay policies.  If the policy is revised, transitional provisions should make clear whether the new policy applies to parents who have already given notice of … Continue reading

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India: Amendments to maternity benefit

Enhancements to maternity benefits in India under the Maternity Benefit Act, 1961 (the Act) have been in the spotlight for some time. Calls for such enhancements have culminated in the Maternity Benefit (Amendment) Bill, 2016 (the Bill), which has now … Continue reading

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UK: Consultation on changes to taxation of salary sacrifice

HMRC is consulting until 19 October 2016 on restricting the use of salary sacrifice for the provision of benefits in kind with effect from April 2017. As previously announced, employer pension contributions, employer-provided pension advice, employer-supported childcare, provision of workplace nurseries, … Continue reading

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Filed under Employment law reforms, Family-friendly rights, Jurisdiction: UK

UK: Budget 2016 – key announcements for employment law

The 2016 Budget delivered by the Chancellor on 16 March includes the following: From April 2018, the Government will tighten the scope of the income tax exemption for payments on termination of employment "to prevent manipulation" and will also align … Continue reading

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UK: Salary-sacrifice childcare vouchers – EAT rules that employers can suspend provision during family leave

Employers offering childcare vouchers through a salary sacrifice scheme have often questioned HMRC Guidance that they must continue to provide the vouchers during periods of maternity or other family leave, even when the employee is only receiving statutory pay and … Continue reading

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UK: April 2016 changes – tribunal compensation limits, national minimum wage, and tribunal rules

From 6 April 2016, the cap on the unfair dismissal compensatory award will increase from £78,335 to £78,962 and the cap on weekly pay (used to calculate the unfair dismissal basic award and statutory redundancy pay) will increase from £475 … Continue reading

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